The term “heart diamonds” can sometimes mean different things. It often refers to the shape of a polished diamond – the heart shape diamond.
But someone using the term heart diamonds may actually be referring to a certain aspect of round diamonds cut to a very high degree of optical symmetry. Hearts and arrows diamonds
are round brilliant shape diamonds which are cut and polished in such a way that the facets overlap and form heart patterns when viewed special reflector devices.
First let’s look at heart diamonds from the standpoint of overall shape or outline. When viewed from the top the diamond is the shape of a heart, with a point and two rounded lobes separated by a cleft. Heart shape diamonds are very distinctive and appeal to many romantic couples for the rich symbolism they represent. If diamonds are the ultimate symbol of love and matters of the heart, then certainly the heart shape is the most romantic of all the diamonds shapes!
Hearts and Arrows Diamonds
Hearts and Arrows Diamond
Referring to heart diamonds as a sort of shorthand for hearts and arrows diamonds is understandable in the sense that when viewing this optical effect with a hearts and arrows viewer, one must view each effect separately. In other words, it is not possible to see the hearts and the arrows at the same time. And since arrows are seen more commonly than well formed and distinct hearts patterns, some people place greater emphasis on the hearts when evaluating optical symmetry.
Heart Cut Engagement Ring
Both heart shape diamonds and hearts and arrows diamonds are quite unique. But because consumers today are more aware of the role that cut quality in diamonds plays in determining the light performance and overall beauty of a diamond, hearts and arrows diamonds are more popular than ever.
Yet, for the hopeless romantic the heart shape diamond will remain uniquely sentimental, and the heart cut engagement ring will be the ultimate way to say “I Love You”.